1. A method for operating a wireless communication device in communication with a network element of a cellular communication system, wherein the wireless communication device has an uplink buffer for storing uplink data to be sent to the network element in an uplink grant procedure, the method comprising:skipping transmission of periodic Buffer Status Reports from the wireless communication device to the network element to which the wireless communication device is connected, when skipping of uplink padding transmissions is enabled and no uplink data is being sent, wherein periodic Buffer Status Reports are triggered by the expiration of periodic BSR-Timer, and
wherein the skipping of uplink padding transmissions is enabled based on:
the network element transmitting an indication in a DCI (Downlink Control Information) signal carried on PDCCH (Physical Downlink Control Channel), EPDCCH (Enhanced Physical Downlink Control Channel), or MPDCCH (Machine type communications Physical Downlink Control Channel) to the wireless communication device which is in communication with the network element,
wherein the indication instructs the wireless communication device to skip sending uplink padding transmissions for a given uplink grant scheduled by the DCI for dynamic scheduling grant based in part on adaptive modulation and coding.